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Matrox Monarch Series

Monarch LCS Encoder Appliance

Monarch LCS Encoder Appliance
Your Ideal Lecture Capture Appliance

IT administrators will find this reliable, standalone network appliance simple to set up and integrate into any open Video Management System (VMS) or Learning Management System (LMS). Monarch LCS lets you easily define profiles for live streamed and recorded lectures by mixing camera and presentation material from SDI and HDMI sources. Once configured, this versatile H.264 encoding appliance can be operated by anyone at the push of a button. And it won’t break your budget!

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Ceremonies, meetings, sermons, sporting events, theatre productions—organizations are host to a diverse range of events that warrant sharing with a broad audience. Webcasting is the next-best thing to being there in person, and offers tremendous value-add to organizations by letting viewers participate and watch in real-time via digital channels and popular social media platforms, such as Facebook Live and YouTube, and encouraging audience interaction.

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Make every classroom a lecture capture room with Matrox Monarch LCS

Variety of operating modes

Monarch LCS Variety of operating modes

Complex recording equipment is no longer required to effectively capture presentations in lecture halls. A typical setup would consist of video and audio of the presenter and a computer source with supporting material which can be mixed into a single webcast. The operator can select a number of operating modes that include layouts such as Picture-in-Picture and Side-by-Side. If the operator prefers to dynamically change the inputs throughout the lecture, the Monarch LCS also offers Switcher mode. With very little set up time, the Monarch LCS can be configured to capture and deliver content such as presentations and seminars in many appealing layouts.

Monarch LCS lecture capture operating modes

Viewer defined layouts

Monarch LCS Variety of operating modes

Keep your audience fully engaged by putting the control in their hands. In Isolated mode, the appliance provides two independent video files or streams. This feature, when used with a compatible 3rd party player, enables the viewer to select their preferred layout. The synchronized streaming or recording of Monarch LCS’ dual inputs are invaluable when such players are used. By aligning video inputs, the viewer can seamlessly switch to their preferred layout while maintaining perfectly synced audio and video.

Easy to operate

Monarch LCS are controlled and configured via the powerful Monarch LCS Command Center using any network-connected device that supports a standard web-browsing application. The UI is designed for operator ease-of-use and features one-click operation. Drill down to configure typical streaming and recording settings, drawing from a list of preset options. These settings define all encoding parameters, including resolution and bitrate. Encoding parameters can be customized and combined with destination and operating mode settings and saved as a unique profile. If the appliance must be accessed by different users, profiles can be instantly recalled without having to re-enter data.

Monarch LCS easy to operate

Centralized monitoring

Monarch LCS Radar’s browser-based dashboard

In multi-seat installations—such as in university campuses—Monarch LCS Radar’s browser-based dashboard allows administrators to monitor and troubleshoot all Monarch LCS units deployed on the network.  units deployed on the network. 

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Automate operations with scheduler

By using the scheduler the Monarch LCS can be set to start automatically before the commencement of an event, without requiring any human intervention. The Monarch LCS scheduler supports iCalendar generated schedules such as Google Calendar or Microsoft Outlook. Schedules created with either of these can be exported to an .ics file format and imported into Monarch LCS. With a single master schedule all Monarch LCS devices on a network can be controlled. When the master schedule is loaded in a Monarch LCS, it will automatically start and stop streaming and recording events at the slated times, corresponding to that individual device’s schedule.

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Store and forward

Monarch LCS - Store and Forward

The Monarch LCS’s ability to record files locally to an SD card or USB attached storage and transfer the files over the network, or via FTP/sFTP protocols to cloud based servers at a later time is valuable to network administrators as it reduces the risk of network congestion during peak times. This also avoids loss of files due to network connectivity issues or errors occurring during peak time transfers. File transfers can be triggered manually, automatically at a preset time every day or immediately after recording. Monarch LCS tracks successful file transfers and avoids retransferring unless it is specifically requested. Failed or incomplete transfers are also tracked and tagged for retransfer. File management can be programmed to delete successfully transferred files, ensuring the local storage never runs out of space.

Simple to integrate

Designed to work in network environments, Monarch LCS is a network appliance that facilitates a seamless integration into existing infrastructures managed by third party asset management solutions.

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Set your destinations

Monarch LCS - Set your destinations

This dual encoder offers multiple destination options when streaming or recording. When set to recording, an encoding channel captures content in MOV or MP4 files to ensure that video files can be played on virtually any player. Recordings can be stored on local USB drives, SD cards, or network-mapped drives and made available immediately to a VMS for distance learning such as Kaltura, Presentations2Go, and Ubicast. For streaming purposes, the encoders use either RTMP or RTSP protocol to deliver live streams to local media servers or cloudbased CDNs.

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Uncompromising quality

Offering unprecedented quality, Monarch LCS can share up to 20 Mb/s of encoding capacity across its two H.264 encoding channels. Each independent channel has individual bitrate/quality settings and benefits from powerful scaling, deinterlacing, and noise reduction engines that ensure only pristine images are sent to the encoders. When the highest quality is required, each encoder can be set to encode at 1080p30 resolutions.

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Monarch LCS - Uncompromising quality

Flexible inputs

Flexible inputs for Monarch LCS

Monarch LCS can support productions with two HDMI video sources or one SDI and one HDMI video source. Embedded or analog audio can be selected as the audio source. By supporting video camera signals that are either SDI or HDMI, this lecture recorder gives operators the flexibility to select what is best for that installation. SDI signals can travel more than 300 feet (100 meters) over coaxial cable, which is ideal if the camera is mounted a long distance from the encoder. When cable lengths are not an issue, HDMI cameras may prove the most affordable option, particularly in larger installations.

Frame synchronization between inputs

The ultimate lecture viewing experience can only be guaranteed when computer, video and audio content is synchronized before encoding. While the resolutions of camera and computer outputs can easily be managed, frame rates will rarely match. The Monarch LCS accepts these different feeds and synchronizes them before encoding, delivering perfectly timed video and audio, regardless of the operating mode. Built-in frame syncs also correct any signal discontinuity at either input, ensuring uninterrupted streaming and recording operations.

Monarch LCS - Frame synchronization between inputs

Live production preview output

Monarch LCS - Live production preview output

Both SDI and HDMI outputs are active and can be mapped to either inputs, a useful feature for driving in-house projections. The HDMI output also gives the operator the option of selecting the production output at the frame size of the encoding parameters, enabling them to preview content that will be sent to the remote viewer.

Remotely manage your device

The Matrox Utils application allows operators to remotely scan and find all Monarch LCS devices present on their network. The Utils application will also scan the attached Monarch LCS and notify the operator if the unit is up to date with its installed firmware version and will also update the device automatically to ensure that it has the latest software release. The Matrox Utils Application can also be used to reboot Monarch LCS devices present on the network.

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Versatile API for your environment

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Contractors or in-house IT specialists can take advantage of Monarch LCS Dev Tools, which includes automatic configuration tools and the Monarch LCS Control API, to provide operators with a unified, consistent and branded experience. Individuals do not need to interact with the Monarch LCS Command Center web UI, simplifying enterprise-level and centrally administered deployments. Tight integration can be found with a variety of our partners.

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Control with Crestron

The Monarch LCS Control API is an ideal way to integrate Monarch LCS functionality into an existing classroom, boardroom or other space equipped with a Crestron control system. Monarch LCS registered users are invited to download a sample SIMPL module written to run on Crestron 2-Series® and 3-Series® Room Media Controllers.

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Monarch LCS - Control with Crestron

Robust and practical design

Monarch LCS - Robust and practical design

Powerful and robust, Monarch LCS storage ports are located on the front of the device along with three simple one-touch buttons that offer an alternative to the Web based UI control. All connectors are located at the back, including the locking power connector, which ensures that Monarch LCS can just as easily be located on a desktop as in a rack. A 1RU tray can fit up to two units. 

Matrox Monarch LCS connections

Matrox Monarch LCS connections

Always powered. Always on.

Safeguard against a potential loss of power. Matrox makes available rack-mounted, multi-output redundant power supply units (RPSU) to ensure uninterrupted operation of your Matrox device in case of a power module failure and a redundant power input in case a circuit breaker trips.

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rack-mounted, multi-output redundant power supply units for Monarch LCS

Technical specifications


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Standalone appliance

Rack-mountable: 1U, 1/2 rack (horizontal)


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